Obstruction-free sidewalk needed on Torrey Pines Road

Johanna Thompson

La Jolla Resident

I live on Torrey Pines Road between Prospect-and Princess streets. The too-narrow sidewalk is used by many walkers and bikers alike. Several lampposts smack in the middle of the sidewalk make it a challenge for baby buggies.

Because the bike path has potholes and the sidewalk has bumps I have seen people taking tumbles off their bikes in front of my house. One even ended up in hospital.

I have lived on this road since 1964. Never has anything been done to prevent the East hillside from slowly creeping into the road. The only sidewalk left, on the west side is in bad shape — especially the heavily trafficked part between Prospect and Princess streets connecting the Town to the Shores.

A few years ago plans for improvement with a wider, obstruction free sidewalk and a safer bike lane were drawn up by a group of concerned citizens, with free help of an architect — a good plan. The city seems to have different plans.

Widening the sidewalk should be a priority. This problem should be fixed before somebody gets really badly hurt — or worse.

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Posted by Staff on May 26, 2011. Filed under News, Opinion. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

2 Comments for “Obstruction-free sidewalk needed on Torrey Pines Road”

  1. James

    I agree! It would be nice to be able to have a leisurely stroll down Torrey Pines rd without having to step into the street! And some of those nice curb cuts they've been putting in all over town too would be great.

  2. itfitz

    I know EXACTLY what you're talking about, Johanna. This stretch of sidewalk is very dangerous and difficult to use, whether pushing our baby stroller, on bicycle, or even walking. I too have seen tumbles — a runner tripped just three days ago going past Princess.

    The City of San Diego needs to realize that the small cost of replacing this aged sidewalk is considerably cheaper than settling with a personal injury attorney when someone gets hurt and decides to sue the City.

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